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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold1/1902/9
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday April 1902
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToRebecca Schreiner nee Lyndall
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere. The end of the letter is missing.
1 Thursday
3 My darling Mothie
5 I was so glad to get your card today, only sorry there was no news of
6Elberty. I am very anxious about him, not only for his own sake though
7I have always loved him, but I believe it would break Ettie down
8completely if anything happened to him. Tell me when you have any news
9please, dear Mothie.
11 Cron is starting here this week as a law agent. I don’t suppose he
12will get much to do till the war is over, but the inactivity of the
13life here has been trying him much. He has got a tiny office in the
14square, where the parsonage is, a nice little office. It is some
15interest for him even if he doesn’t make much for the present. Give my
16love to dear cousin Katie. Is Winnie quite well again?
18 I am much better the last four days. We have clear dry sunny weather
19again. I suppose the last we shall have before the real winter is on
20us with its snow clouds & cutting winds. The family, i.e. Neta, Olley,
21Cron, ?Belzibub, & Sarah-Jane are all well. Sarah-Jane the new little
22mierkat is so called because she looks so vulgar compared to our old
23fat aristocratic Cron. She has a turn up nose & is a poor down-trodden
24looking little specimen reminding one so much of a London slavie. Cron
25called her ‘Arriet at first because she looked so vulgar, but I have
26changed it to Sarah-Jane because it’s easier to call. Did I tell you
27about the live snake in our bedroom?
29 Good bye my own darling Mothie
30 Your Ollie
32 My friend Adela Lady Loch’s niece has sent me a parcel of books I
33wonder if you have read them.
35 One is "The Love Letters of An English Woman." which has had such a
36wonderful run, but does not seem to me very good but I am hard to
37please. I have also The Fowler by Beatrice Harraden. It The Fowler is
38meant for Edward Aveling, the husband of my friend Eleanor Marx &
39there are three characters in it I know. Have you read it. She sent me
40also Lord
42[page/s missing]
The books referred to are: Laurence Housman (1900) An Englishwoman's love-letters London: Murray; Beatrice Harraden (1899) The Fowler Edinburgh: Blackwood & Sons.